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Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.

    #149 - Plantega: The Story So Far

    #149 - Plantega: The Story So Far

    Plantega is on mission to make plant-based food more accessible and equitable. We partner with innovative brands and provide a turnkey solution that empowers corner stores in urban hubs like New York City to earn revenue selling delicious and affordable plant-based foods.
    This interview first appeared on the This or Something Better Podcast.
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    • 46 min
    #148 - Imperfect Foods: Reimagining Grocery Delivery and Tackling Food Waste

    #148 - Imperfect Foods: Reimagining Grocery Delivery and Tackling Food Waste

    Madeline Rotman is the Head of Sustainability for Imperfect Foods where she focuses on reducing waste across the company’s operational practices and the food supply system at large.
    Imperfect Foods is reimagining grocery delivery and on a mission to eliminate food waste and build a kinder, less wasteful world. They offer thoughtful eaters sustainable, affordable groceries that make the weekly chore of shopping an effortless and delightful experience. With scheduled weekly deliveries they help their customers save time, money, and the planet.
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    • 35 min
    #147 - Breakthroughs, Adaptations, and the Future of Food

    #147 - Breakthroughs, Adaptations, and the Future of Food

    On this episode I share a new model I have been exploring that tries to make sense of current debates and approaches to fixing our food system and how to spot opportunities for growth.
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    • 11 min
    #146 - Josh Balk: Can an Animal Protection Lens Create an Equitable and Sustainable Food System?

    #146 - Josh Balk: Can an Animal Protection Lens Create an Equitable and Sustainable Food System?

    Josh Balk is the vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In addition, he is a co-founder of Eat Just, the food technology company that produces the Just Egg and sold the world’s first ever no-kill meat in Singapore.
    Topics covered on this podcast

    The state of the farm animal protection movement and its intersection with larger food system issues. 

    Whether the movement to improve the lives of farmed animals strategically compliments or is in conflict with efforts to transform the food system and make it more equitable and sustainable.

    How the plant-based foods movement has been influenced and impacted by the the work of the farm animal protection movement and how to strategically build both movements to help achieve the goal of ending factory farming.

    The failings of the environmental movement as it relates to addressing the devastating impact of industrial animal agriculture and its contribution to the climate crisis.

    Individual responsibility vs. corporate responsibility, the future of factory farming, the impact of big meat companies shifting to plant-proteins, problem solving in the midst of a crisis, taking risks, success and failure, evolving our beliefs and perspectives, and the most pragmatic and effective ways to change the food system. 


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    #145 - Tyler Mayoras: Crop Diversity and the Future of Plant-Based Food

    #145 - Tyler Mayoras: Crop Diversity and the Future of Plant-Based Food

    Tyler Mayoras is the Cofounder and CEO of Cool Beans. Tyler has spent more than 20 years in private equity investing and consulting, focused on sustainable food and agriculture. After adopting a plant-based lifestyle and seeing the incredible health benefits, he wanted to continue helping to create a sustainable future of food and worked with partners to create the 100% plant-based taste adventure that is Cool Beans.

    Topics covered on this episode:

    What is Cool Beans and why Tyler decided to focus on building a food company with beans at its core. 

    The challenge of building a new category based on the philosophy of using simple ingredients with minimal processing and with no oil and sugar added.

    Why taste matters and how Tyler and his team formulated the products to be packed with flavor, without compromising on their efforts to stay minimally processed. 

    Shifting the mainstream food media narrative from biotech to beans.

    The problem with monocultures and why we need more crop diversity in our food system.

    Why soil health matters for our health and the environment.

    Transforming the conventional American food culture of convenience and burgers to include beans. 

    Are alternatives proteins just the first wave of plant-based products? 

    Why Tyler believes healthy, whole plant-food based products is where the market is heading.


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    • 58 min
    #144 - Isha Datar: A New Narrative for Cellular Agriculture

    #144 - Isha Datar: A New Narrative for Cellular Agriculture

    Isha Datar is Executive Director of New Harvest, a nonprofit research institute that funds open, public cultured meat research. 
    Topics covered on this podcast

    What is New Harvest and how Isha got started in the field of cellular agriculture.

    The basics of growing food from cells and the interdisciplinary nature of this new scientific field.

    Safety concerns around cell-cultured meat and how they are being addressed.

    Should we fear the technology of creating meat from cells?

    The current state of of the technology and the industry, including progress made so far, as well as current infrastructure gaps.

    Importance of establishing systems of transparency and accountability, standards and norms, shared facilities, and training in this new field. 

    Potential paths to scale for cell-cultured meat (scientifically and as an industry).

    Private vs. Public R&D in this field and why it matters.

    Lessons cellular agriculture can learn from the history of GMOs and Monsanto.

    Why Isha is optimistic about the future of this technology and its potential to create a re-diversified food system.


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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

ken swensen ,

The right questions

Recently discovered this podcast and listened to a dozen episodes. Nil is a talented interviewer, going deep into the question we all want answered - how do we fix this food and animal and planetary mess we created? No easy answers but asking the right questions, and shining some light on the path.

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Nil, host of the Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias podcast, highlights all aspects of health, food and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

ChocolateSS87 ,

Love the conversations and guests picked

Thank you for this! Iv been looking for more food related podcasts covering food waste, environmental impacts, food sustainability and many more of these topics. I really appreciate the conversations and the extremely knowledgeable guests you bring on. I learn a lot from each episode I listen to and like that you pressure test viewpoints. Again, thank you!

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